Posts Tagged ‘PLA!’

Aug
2014
14

PLA on Mass. Bridge Project Mandated Safety Training that Saved Stranded Kayakers’ Lives

PLA on Mass. Bridge Project Mandated Safety Training that Saved Stranded Kayakers' Lives
  When Newburyport, Massachusetts resident Rosalie Cuticchia found herself in danger during a recent kayak excursion, an unlikely team of rescure workers came to her aid. The construction crew working on the Whittier Bridge overhead had been drilled on how to react in this scenario, and these drills may have saved Cuticchia’s life.  ...
Aug
2014
8

California Colleges Reaping the Local Hiring Benefits of Hard-Fought Project Labor Agreement

  A Project Labor Agreement (PLA) covering up to $500 million of construction at Riverside City, Moreno Valley and Norco colleges has surpassed its local hiring goals. The projects are partially funded through California’s Measure C bonds with the state and federal government providing matching funding.   The use of a PLA was heavily...
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Jun
2014
23

Canadian Gov’t Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline, Well-Paying Union Jobs On the Way

Canadian Gov't Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline, Well-Paying Union Jobs On the Way
  Last week, the Canadian government approved the Northern Gateway project, which will create a pipeline to transport tar sands oil from Alberta to the coast of British Columbia.  Among those welcoming the news were Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU), an umbrella organization which in April agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU)...
Jun
2014
18

PLA Will Ensure Local Workers, On-Time Opening for Proposed Albany Casino

PLA Will Ensure Local Workers, On-Time Opening for Proposed Albany Casino
  The Capital View Casino & Resort announced that they have entered into a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the New York Hotel Trades Council and the Greater Capital Region Building & Construction Trades Council..  The contract will pave the way for a smooth construction period, ensure an on-time opening and guarantee that local...
Jun
2014
6

Labor-Backed Vogtle Plant Expansion, One of Nation’s Largest, Cruising Toward Completion

Labor-Backed Vogtle Plant Expansion, One of Nation's Largest, Cruising Toward Completion
  During testimony to the Public Service Commission, executives from the Georgia Power Company testified that construction of the Vogtle nuclear facility expansion is on schedule and on budget.  The project is being built under a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with labor unions doing the lion’s share of the work.   The $14 billion...
May
2014
20

NY Development Sets Tough Local Hiring, Sustainability Standards Under Project Labor Agreement

NY Development Sets Tough Local Hiring, Sustainability Standards Under Project Labor Agreement
  Developers of the new project at the former site of the Williams Lake Hotel near Rosendale, NY have announced a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) which aims to hire 50 to 75 percent of the construction workforce locally.  The PLA will also set standards for the developers to buy locally.   The “preference for procurement” [&hellip...
May
2014
2

Lacking Official Labor Agreement, Minority Hiring Pledge Goes Unmet in Savannah School District

  When the Savannah-Chatham School Board began accepting bids on a pair of construction projects worth more than $300 million each, they asked bidders to pledge that 50 percent of the work would go to local contractors owned by minorities or women.  However, instead of cementing this policy with a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), they [&hellip...
Apr
2014
30

PLA on American Dream Meadowlands Project is “Dream Come True” for NJ Construction Workers

PLA on American Dream Meadowlands Project is
  With over 100 construction workers as his backdrop, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie praised the project labor agreement (PLA) between local trades unions and Triple Five developers, labeling it the driving force in the resumption of full-scale construction on the American Dream Meadowlands project. Triple Five executive Paul Ghermezian...
Apr
2014
15

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant
  On Monday, an agreement was signed to begin construction on the FutureGen 2.0 project in Illinois, which will retrofit a coal power plant to make it more environmentally friendly.  Speaking at the announcement was Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) who was joined by the leaders of 17 labor unions and the FutureGen Alliance.   Some [&hellip...
Apr
2014
10

Orange County Ends Ten Year Labor Agreement Drought, Signs PLA for Community College Construction

  In California this week, the State Building Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) signed its first Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with an Orange County public agency in more than a decade.  By a 4-2 vote, the Board of Trustees of the Rancho Santiago Community College District agreed that $198 million of upcoming construction projects would be...
Apr
2014
1

Building Trades Join Over 70 Organizations in Calling on Dept of Labor to Prioritize PLAs

  A letter sent to Department of Labor head Thomas Perez, signed by over 70 labor and social justice groups, calls for the DOL to prioritize Project Labor Agreements as they review and revise regulations and goals for women and minorities in apprenticeships and on federal construction projects.   The discussed guidelines have remained...
Mar
2014
25

Pair of Rhode Island Op-Ed’s Challenge Anti-Union PLA Falsehoods Perpetrated by Local News

Pair of Rhode Island Op-Ed's Challenge Anti-Union PLA Falsehoods Perpetrated by Local News
  In late February, WPRI 12 in Providence aired a segment about Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) that featured a “local non-union contractor” arguing that the agreements give an unfair advantage to unions.  The contractor was Anne Powers, President of American Tele-Connect and a director of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)...